Fare thee well, old running and hiking shoes,
companion for oh, about 15 moons.
Time has run out on thee, though I am fond of you,
like the day I first spied thee in thine box.
Do not be angry upon me my Italian Wildcats
You have served me well, o’er hill and dale
and along the Escarpment Trail.
And through puddles and snow, and in day and in night.
But you show your wear, though thee be but one year and some months old.
Your midsole is full of lines, creases, that cannot be ignored.
It is beaten down, and you feel hard beneath my soft feet.
Though, to be kind, overall you still look so youthful.
But oh thy tread, thy tread, it is too worn, flattened smooth in areas
And gives me great fear on slick wet rock or damp tree roots
lest I go glissading, skittering into the air,
only to land and break a vital bone or tear a sinew.
We have indeed had joyous times,
running here, walking there
or sitting in quiet contemplation. But time moves on
And moreover, my fickle self also seeks a lighter model with a lower heel.
Lest you think me cruel, I will not totally abandon you.
Nay, I shall not drop you in the Salvation Army donation box
Or, send you to Soles 4 Souls, though that be wise and kind and useful
No, I will keep you in my closet, to don once a fortnight or so to run an errant errand.
(Until such time as I will decide to donate you at last.)
And no Wildcats, I will not make you meet your heir to my feet.
But know they too hail from your same Italian villa, and, probably are a close cousin,
But a full year younger, and lighter, and, oh, their tread, it is just fine.
No, Wildcats, you need not meet Helios now.
Rather, you will meet them in the closet, in, oh, about a year or so.
retort of the Wildcats: ” Rage on, rage on…” a la Dylan Thomas